See How to Create the Best Faux Marble Gift Box Lids

Marble Boxes

by Jennifer Vanderbeek

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Marble and granite are very popular but also tend to be pricey. Here’s a way (or three) to get the stone finishes of your dreams without the price tag or the weight of the real thing.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Time: 30 minutes plus drying time

Directions

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Step 1

Prepare your surface with a coat of white gesso. This helps the faux finish lay down smoother and avoids cracking as the finish dries.

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Step 2

Mix a dollop of white gesso with some metallic silver Creative Medium, but be careful not to over-mix. Streaks are the objective in this case.

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Step 3

Spread the two-tone mixture across the prepared surface, keeping the lines fairly straight.

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Step 4

Smooth the gesso-medium mixture by scraping lightly over the surface with a scrap piece of cardstock that is wider than the surface to create a single, smooth layer.

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Step 5

Apply heavier veins of Creative Medium with the palette knife and smooth either with the scrap cardstock or a damp paintbrush. Repeat the veining and smoothing process until the desired look is achieved.

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Step 6

Experiment with other color combinations. Tint gesso with inkers for soft color variations or use craft paint on its own. Since most craft paints don’t have the same body as Creative Medium, let it dry a bit before adding the veining on top. Then brush with a thin coat of paint to blend and smooth any ridges.

Step 7

Finish with a few coats of clear varnish to protect and add shine. Wrap the box bases with patterned paper or paint them to match the lids.

Supplies
Imagine:
Other:
  • Papier-mache boxes
  • White gesso
  • Craft paint
  • Spray varnish (Helmar)
  • Paint brushes
  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Adhesive
  • Plastic trays

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